Social and behavioral data cover a wide spectrum of subjects including crime, education, justice, religion, sexual behavior, and substance abuse. Opinion surveys and sociometric data are also found here.
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This site gives religious demographic statistics and religious geography information.
The Scholars' Lab's American Soldier Surveys database provides access to surveys of American troops conducted by the Army during WWII. The Scholars' Lab collection contains 137 surveys covering 78 different studies. Almost all of the surveys deal with morale at some level, but they cover specific topics ranging from attitudes of and about blacks and women in the service, satisfaction with their preparation for and duties in the war, postwar job plans, and attitudes toward their officers (or enlisted men). This site offers access to SPSS data files and the original codebooks created for each survey.
The collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, congregations, and denominations.
The ARL statistics site includes data on collections, staffing, expenditures, library services, and library and university characteristics for the 112 ARL university libraries. This site will allow you to review the library data collected by ARL, generate rankings of institutions by selected criteria, create graphs from the data, generate summary statistics for all ARL libraries, download the data by year in spreadsheet format, or review the ARL index and membership criteria.
This site provides national statistics about crime and victims, law enforcement, prosecution, the federal justice system, criminal offenders, and courts and sentencing.
"WONDER provides a single point of access to a wide variety of reports and numeric public health data." This site, maintained by the Center for Disease Control, provides numerical data to query or download on deaths, chronic diseases, health promotion, communicable diseases, environmental health, health practice and prevention, injury prevention, occupational health, and reference data.
This ongoing telephone survey tracking attitudes, behaviors and trends at the state level is conducted by the Center for Disease Control. Data are based on about 125,000 interviews per year, between 100 and 600 each month per state. Prevalence data tracks behavior and health risks in the United States.
This page created by the CDC contains a variety of topical health-related data collected from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. Links to key resources and recently published studies are also included on this page.
The Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA) is an online resource through Queen's University in Ontario, Canada which compiles commercial and independent surveys. Access to these surveys is intended for academic, research, and journalistic purposes. Most of the surveys gathered are designed to gauge opinions of the Canadian population.
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas. Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire.
This website provides access to a dataset compiled by researchers at UCLA and Duke University. The dataset contains annual data on unions, employers, industrial relations and collective bargaining in 20 OECD countries from 1950 to 2000. Countries included are Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, the UK, and New Zealand.
Data Set on National Court Compliance with ECJ Decisions in EU Preliminary Reference Cases, 1958-2000
Database of national court compliance with the European Court of Justice decisions. The cases cover the period 1958 through October 2000. Compiled by Stacy A. Nyikos while a graduate student in Politics at UVA.
DataFerrett is "a data mining tool that accesses data stored in TheDataWeb through the internet." Developed and supported by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other statistical agencies, DataFerrett provides variable-level access to many federal data series including the ACS, AHS, BRFSS, CES, CPS, NHIS, SIPP, and many others. DataFerrett is already installed on computers in the Geostat Lab (go to the Programs folder). From other locations, the software will need to be downloaded and installed.
Produced by the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Eurostat contains a wealth of statistical information on the demographics, economics, and environment of the European Union. Data are presented in themes such as "Population and social conditions" or "Economy and finance". Extensive information is provided for each theme through tables, data, methodology, and publications. In addition to preformatted tables and reports, a sophisticated data query system permits one to create customized output that can be viewed or downloaded in different formats.
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the public.
The GSS (General Social Survey) is an almost annual personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. The first survey took place in 1972 and since then more than 38,000 respondents have answered over 3,260 different questions. Geostat's GSS page was designed to provide local access to the GSS data.
This website contains maps and graphs depicting various characteristics of slavery in Virginia during the 1800s. Created by Philip D. Troutman as a doctoral fellow project with the Carter G. Woodson Institute at UVa.
This website is maintained by a society of Catholic priests who serve rural and Catholic minority populations in Appalachia, the South and Southwest. Contains data on Catholic populations, congregations and dioces throughout the United States.
This site provides a guide to Published Public Opinion Statistics. Included are references to magazines, books, and other indices of public opinion polls.
Harris Interactive Inc., is a market research firm that serves international clients. The Harris Poll is a weekly column on the Harris Interactive Inc. website which is collected both by telephone and online surveys. Subjects of these polls include politics, science and technology, the economy, healthcare, foreign affairs, sports and entertainment, and lifestyles.
This website provides various ways to search for data in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Some unique ways to search include by bibliographic reference, by subject, and by variable.
No longer available to the public.
Sets of International Crime Statistics have been published by Interpol every two years since 1950 and every year since 1993. Published in four languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish), the statistics relate to major categories of offences brought to the attention of the police in Interpol member countries: murder, sex offenses (including rape), rape, serious assault, theft (all kinds of theft, counterfeit currency offenses, drug offenses, and total number of offenses contained in national crime statistics.
The Joint Center was founded in 1970 as a think tank primarily focused on issues of African Americans. This site contains health, education, demographic, and political data.
The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located within ICPSR, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA's mission is to advance research on aging by helping researchers to profit from the under-exploited potential of a broad range of datasets. NACDA acquires and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States, NACDA offers opportunities for secondary analysis on major issues of scientific and policy relevance.
NACJD acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to electronic criminal justice data collections for research and instruction. The NACJD Web site provides downloadable access to hundreds of criminal justice data collections free of charge.
NCES is the primary federal agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. Includes access to statistical reports and publications, as well as complete survey data sets.
A listing of all surveys and programs administered by the NCES. For each study, links are provided for an overview of the study, staff, and product listings. Many of these studies can be analyzed through the NCES DAS site.
This webite provides access to summary statistics of many topics related to criminal justice. Topics include prices of illicit drugs, burglary, carjacking, hate crimes, and the death penalty.
The National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) is part of The National Archives of England, Wales, and the United Kingdom. NDAD preserves and provides online access to archived digital data and documents from UK central government departments.
The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01 is a representative survey of the Jewish population in the United States sponsored by United Jewish Communities and the Jewish federation system.
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health is a school-based study of the health-related behaviors of adolescents in grades 7 to 12. It was designed to explore the causes of these behaviors, with an emphasis on the influence of social context.
This page introduces the components of the NLS and gives links to descriptions and documentation for each cohort. Included at this site is a link to the U.S. Department of Labor's NLS Handbook.
This website provides suicide prevention facts as well as mental health information, including links to state prevention programs and suicide facts and costs. Also contained in this site are links to data collections and interactive databases related to suicide and self-inflicted injuries.
NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. There are currently over 1,180 statistics (and growing). With this site you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics. Good for quick answers, but not as useful for in-depth statistics below the country level.
This page links to statistics for popular NCAA sports, organized by season. The site also allows for queries of archived team-by-team final statistics, searchable by player/coach/team name.
This NCES website provides public access to education survey data collected by the U.S. Department of Education and to analysis reports about postsecondary education policy issues. In addition to viewing reports, the website allows you to create your own analysis tables, or view and download the DAS table parameter files used to generate report tables. Studies included in the DAS include data sets from:
Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B)
Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS)
High School & Beyond (HS&B)
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)
National Household Education Survey (NHES)
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS)
National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF)
The Data Bank is a repository for demographic and other quantitative social scientific surveys about North American Jewry. They hold the National Jewish Population Surveys of of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01, over 70 local Jewish community studies, and are working to acquire other surveys of American Jews. The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset and has a large collection of related material.
The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of US individuals and the families in which they reside. It has been ongoing since 1968. Core topics include income sources and amounts, poverty status, public assistance income, taxes and other financial matters, family structure and demographic measures, labor market participation, housework time, housing, geographic mobility, socio-economic background, and health. PSID data can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational analysis and for studying both individuals and families.
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Public Agenda has addressed a wide range of issues through its research and citizen education work including school and health care reform, national security, AIDS, crime, economic competitiveness and the environment.
As a branch of the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, the Radio Zone supports the bureau's mission by providing audio news features and broadcast. Programs Profile America and Al Dia are available in mp3 format.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is the leading educational facility in the field of public opinion.
The Roper Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. These datasets are listed in the Catalog of Holdings, which provides a searchable description and unique archive identification number for each. Along with such basic information as survey organization, interview dates, and type of sample, most catalog entries include abstracts indicating the subjects covered by the questions in the survey
iPOLL provides question-level access to a huge collection of public opinion data going back to 1935. A product of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, iPOLL contains nearly a half-million questions from surveys conducted by academic, commerical, and media survey organizations, including CNN, Gallup, AP, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Original survey data are not available online, but can be ordered through the Geostat Center. Contact Donna Tolson (djt5k) for more information.
CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) promotes the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe. It encourages the exchange of data and technology and fosters the development of new organisations in sympathy with its aims. It associates and cooperates with other international organisations sharing similar objectives. The CESSDA home pages allow easy access to the catalogues of member organisations and provide a central news forum about its activities and other relevant information.
This resource provides access to a series of data sets purchased by the Social Sciences Data Center from Sociometrics Corporation.
The South African Data Archive (SADA) serves as a broker between a range of data providers (e.g. statistical agencies, government departments, opinion and market research companies and academic institutions) and the research community. SADA's data holdings are from a wide range of areas, such as Censuses and household surveys, Omnibus and international studies, Demographic and health related studies, Substance abuse, Crime, Income and poverty, Inter-group relations, Labour and business, Education and training, and Political perceptions and attitudes.
Datasets from the State Politics and Policy Quarterly Data Resources
HUD USER, an information source for housing and community development researchers and policymakers, has been publishing "State of the Cities," a national urban policy report, since the 1970s. The new data system provides access to online information about population, employment, business, crime, and housing growth at the city level.
An English language guide to statistical information about Japan. Statistics available include data on population, agriculture, labor, international trade, housing, education, crime, and commerce.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) is an initiative of the Office of Applied Studies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the archive is to provide ready access to substance abuse and mental health research data and to promote the sharing of these data among researchers, academics, policymakers, service providers, and others, thereby increasing the use of the data in understanding and assessing substance abuse and mental health problems and the impact of related treatment systems.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Links to statistics and data. Links to Substance abuse treatments, children and family, prevention, homlessness, HIV/AIDS, Criminal and Juvenile Justice, etc.
CASS is an ESRC Resource Centre run jointly by The National Centre for Social Research, the University of Southampton and the University of Surrey. CASS operates in two areas, a programme of short courses in social survey research, run by Southampton and NatCen, and a Social Survey Question Bank based at Surrey. Both contribute to one aim: to strengthen skills in survey design, data collection and analysis within the UK social science and social research communities.
TheDataWeb is a network of online data libraries, primarily within the Federal Government. Topics include census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, and vital statistics data. TheDataWeb makes use of DataFerrett, a downloadable tool for accessing large data sets, which is available on the computers in the Geostat Lab.
This collection consists of four county-level data files. The first three provide arrests for Part I offenses (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson) and for Part II offenses (forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, wea pons violations, sex offenses, drug and alcohol abuse violations, gambling, vagrancy, curfew violations, and runaways). The fourth file provides reported offenses (as opposed to arrests) for Part I crimes only. Two county population variables are included : one for total county population and the other for counties reporting six months or more of data.
Provides information on public opinion from around the world on international issues. Survey reports are organized by geographical region and go back as far as 2001. Topics include development and aid, environment, trade, governance, security, justice, human rights, the United Nations, and more. Each report also provides sources for polling data.